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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Xan Cassevetes’ Kiss of the Damned

Gist: Potentially following in the footsteps of recent vampire-themed Croisette films (2009’s Thirst, 2010’s We Are What We Are), Kiss of the Damned comes loaded with a trio of French vixens in Anna Mouglalis (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky) and models/actresses Joséphine de La Baume and Roxane Mesquida. Kiss of the Damned centers around two beautiful French vampire sisters who have separately come to stay at a summer estate — a ‘safe house’ in Connecticut.

Prediction:  I think this there might be a family gathering of the Cassevetes on the Croisette this year. Xan Cassavetes showcased Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession in Cannes back in 2003, and if this stands out to be auteur-like and aesthetically challenging, then it could go wither way in the Directors’ Fortnight or in the Un Certain Regard section.


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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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